GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) delivers a B777-300ER to Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) for the prototype passenger-to-freighter conversion for the ‘Big Twin’ programme announced last October.
Ferrying from Dubai, the aircraft arrived in Tel Aviv today where it will undergo an extensive conversion at IAI’s facility, including the addition of the Main Deck Cargo Door, freighter lining, window plugs, a modified crew compartment, a reinforced fuselage a 9G rigid cargo barrier and more.
Dubbed The Big Twin, the B777-300ERSF will be the largest ever twin-engine freighter. As launch customer and co-funder of the programme, GECAS has committed fifteen firm orders and has fifteen additional options for the type.
“The arrival of the prototype aircraft in Tel Aviv is an exciting milestone for the Big Twin freighter programme,” explains Richard Greener, SVP and manager of GECAS Cargo. “This aircraft sets out to meet requirements of the air cargo industry for the next 20 years.”
The Big Twin will be powered by GE90 engines — the world’s most powerful in-service engine — giving the B777-300ERSF 21 per cent lower fuel burn per tonne than the B747-400F, according to GECAS. Complimenting the B777-200LRF, the B777-300ERSF shares extensive commonality with the smaller twin production freighter.